Northern Industrial Bar-Mount Chain Grinder, Model# 68901004
Bar mounted chain sharpener
I agree with others here that the instructions are pretty much of no use.
However, once I found center, removed the wheel shroud, uninstalled the tooth index/stop device, I must say that I am very happy with the tool. It's a little flimsy but hey, it's a chain sharpener. My first chain took a bit of time, maybe a half an hour (after I figured the thing out), but that chain cut like crazy. I now use a pencil and just make a mark on the tool's guide bar at the rivet I want to stop at, then eye the tooth in to the wheel.
It works great and saves a lot of wear, tear and pain from my arthritic hands, versus filing. I took a chance on this and I'm glad I did. But, if you're not familiar with this type of machine and the principle behind it find a friend that is a machinist or tool guy and go over it with him.
I gave it 4 stars because it really does a good job, but if you think you're going to clamp this thing on the bar and have at it, good luck. It works fine but needs some knowledge or training to use properly.
October 27, 2013
12 volt bar-mount chain saw sharpener
The sharpener itself worked great after I figured it out. The pictures in the instruction book were worthless. The picture in the catalog helped more than the instructions did! Please get some decent instructions to help buyers operate the tool.
October 11, 2013
Great chain sharpener
Like others have said the instructions are absolutely garbage. If you have some mechanical aptitude you can pretty easily figure out how to make this thing work. I have never sharpened a chain before and it took me about 15 min to get it setup and dialed in.
Once I did that it was FAST to sharpen at 18" bar chain. I have never used a bench unit but this seems way easier than having to take the chain off to sharpen it.
I sharpened the chain for another laborer that was cutting up a downed tree so I can't personally attest to how well it worked but, the guy using the saw told me that he has never seen a chain cut this well, even a new one.
If the instructions were even half way decent I would have given this 5 stars without a doubt.
September 26, 2013
Best thing ever
This sharpener is fantastic. There are some negative reviews, but I have had mine for a year and use it a fair bit. True the instruction are a little skimpy but it's easy to figure out. A good thing about it is, if your chain needs sharpened you don't have to run back to the shop. Unless you have a inverter. But even then you don't have to remove your chain like you do with the AC bench sharpeners. I got a tool box, a 12V battery and all the accessories I need in it. Extra tools, wheels. etc. Worth every penny.
June 8, 2013
Setup/operational instructions are vague
Purchased this product summer 2012, have not been able to use , instruction booklet not given much thought , I guess there is no product testing to see if instructions are customer friendly. NT, give this device to your ceo an see if he or she, can easily understand the operation of this sharpener you guys are selling, Buyer beware, review owners manual B4 u purchase unless you have previous experience in the setup and operation of this device. Usually help can be fnd on Utube, nothing fnd the last time I checked.
February 4, 2013
Bar-Mount Chain Sharpener
I ordered this product a couple months ago and had not used it to date. However, a 50 foot tree fell over my driveway last night.
So, I had to get the chainsaw out and got to work. I used this sharpener to sharpen the chain and it does an excellent job.
I saw that another reviewer gave this product a 1 star because the instructions were poorly written. This is true! But, I thought we were writing these reviews to rate the efficiency of the product.
For the price, this sharpener is excellent and does every bit as good a job as more expensive chainsaw sharpeners.
A couple CAVEATS: Yes, the instructions are not well written. But, if you're a handyman, you can figure it out. Also, this sharpener requires a 12 volt battery to operate. I keep a battery charger and a charged up 12 volt battery around to run inverters, etc.. So, this has not been a problem for me.
December 3, 2012
Instructions Very Poor
Note that this is a 12V unit, so use at workbench requires a 12V battery nearby. Also, I think this unit has the worst instruction manual I've ever seen. 7 pictures with arrows in a space of 3x4 inches, with absolutely no references in any text to what is trying to be pointed out. Will return because of very poor instructions manual.
October 11, 2012
Got this sharpener last winter and have used it every since. Once you get use to setting up on the saw it works great. It's gets the teeth like new and best of all you don't have to take the chain off the bar. Better than the file guide I've used for years.
Learning how to set up takes a little trail and error so take your time. Real easy to go to deep when you first start using it.
January 16, 2012
this bar mounted saw sharpener is probably the best remote sharpener you can purchase on the market... i have three different saws and it works great for all three.. my father and my brothers both have saws and they borrow it every chance they get.. i have recommended this remote sharpener to several friends and i know of one buddy that purchased one three weeks after borrowing mine.. you best get one for yourself and try it out... good cutting :)
January 9, 2012
Bar mount sharpener
Directions for mounting and use were very short. Only pictures to figure out. Was hard to set up due that I have never used this type that mounts on bar. Once mounted and set up the tool worked great. Built in stop made sharpening the chain quick and easy. Motor has enough power to do the job in the field and make quick work of sharpening. Being 12 volt means when I am other side of property I can keep the chain sharp and keep working longer. You only need to fiqure out how to hold saw securely while sharpening chain. Very good tool for a landowner, not to sure how well it would hold up to a professional logger.
June 6, 2011